What better way to make your yard feel more homey than with a good-looking tree? Trees can spruce up your yard with ease. That said, it can be difficult to figure out what kind of tree you want, and then determining if that kind will thrive in a particular climate. Check out these 10 trees that look great in any Chicago yard.
- Dogwood – If you want to bring beauty and interest to your yard all year long, a dogwood tree makes a great choice. You will love the combination of white, pink, and red blossoms that flower in the spring and the lush, compact foliage in the summer. Come autumn time, dogwoods display red foliage before dropping its leaves. Dogwoods aren’t just popular in the Midwest, but also across the U.S.
- Tulip Tree – How would you like tulip-shaped flowers in the spring and brilliant yellow leaves in the fall? That’s just what you get with a tulip tree. It doesn’t take long to grow, either, as the tulip tree can grow more than two feet in a year.
- Magnolias – You may literally stop traffic soon after you plant a magnolia tree. With saucer magnolias in particular, you get an ornamental featuring pinkish-purple flowers in the early spring. Homeowners shouldn’t have to worry about size with magnolias, as they stay between 20 and 30 feet tall.
- Sugar Maple – Create more shade while adding more beauty to your yard with a sugar maple. Another favorite for homeowners across the U.S., the sugar maple looks its best during the fall, with leaves bursting in autumn orange. Just keep in mind that at 60 to 75 feet tall, the sugar maple needs plenty of room to spread its canopy of leaves.
- Silver Maple – Turn your backyard into a shady paradise with a silver maple. The silver undersides of its leaves give the silver maple a shimmering appearance in the breeze. Remember to plant it away from sewer lines and walkways, as the silver maple has a vast root system and large trunk.
- ‘Green Giant’ Arborvitae – Are you tired of constantly seeing your neighbors every time you leave or come back home? Easily add the privacy you’ve wanted with the ‘Green Giant’ arborvitae. The hardy, fast-growing evergreen features a conical shape and creates an ideal screen for your yard.
- Weeping Cherry – If you want your tree to be the highlight of your yard, consider the weeping cherry. These elegant trees feature cascading branches with white or pink blossoms in spring.
- Red Oak – For larger yards, a red oak is always a good choice. While it provides gorgeous leaf color on the fall, homeowners also love the tree for its hardiness. Don’t be shocked at how fast it grows, as the red oak reaches up to 75 feet tall in maturity.
- American Holly – This tree features small, white springtime blooms that give way to red berries in the fall that last through winter. The visual interest of American holly is likely to attract plenty of birds and small creatures.
- Eastern Redbud – You’ll know it’s springtime once you see the purplish-pink flowering of the eastern redbud. Its branching pattern makes it just as beautiful in winter. The eastern redbud grows 20 to 30 feet high to go with a 30-foot spread.
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